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Mika Ohbayashi

JREF: Grid Access Requests Denial – Transparency and Neutrality are Essential in Grid Operation

By

Mika Ohbayashi

Indeed, the law of the Japan’s Feed-in Tariff system allows utilities to refuse requests of renewable electricity producers for grid access “when securing a smooth supply of electricity by said the utility is likely to be disturbed.” However, you must keep in mind the principle that the right to refuse should be exercised with the greatest restraint, only in exceptional cases, for the fundamental purpose of the law, which is the deployment of renewables. Power companies must be accountable, in the most serious sense of the word, to renewable energy operators and electricity users.